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Presiding Officer accepts Plaid AM's resignation

Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler with Ieuan Wyn Jones
Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler with Ieuan Wyn Jones Credit: National Assembly for Wales

Rosemary Butler, the Presiding Officer of the National Assembly, accepting Ieuan Wyn Jones' resignation. The former Plaid Cymru leader has stepped down with immediate effect to take up a role heading Menai Science Park. His resignation triggers a by-election for his Ynys Môn seat.

Labour's by-election hopes

The battle for Ieuan Wyn Jone's Assembly seat has already begun. Anglesey's Labour MP has issued this statement:

It’s decision time for Ynys Môn and the choice couldn’t be clearer. Plaid refuses to back Wylfa B and the 6,000 jobs it would bring to our Island. Only a Welsh Labour AM for Ynys Môn, backed by the Party of Government would be able to deliver for local people. All Plaid want to do is protest from the sidelines.

– Albert Owen MP, Labour

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Former Plaid leader's resignation confirmed

The former Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones has formally resigned as an AM. His resignation was accepted by the Assembly's Presiding Officer, Rosemary Butler.

Ieuan Wyn Jones will be a great loss to the National Assembly for Wales, having made so many thoughtful and passionate contributions in the Chamber over the past fourteen years.He led his party with great dignity and authority, as well as diligently representing his constituents from Ynys Môn. He will be sorely missed, but on behalf of all Assembly Members I would like to thank him for his contribution and wish him well in his new career.

– Assembly Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler AM

Mrs Butler must now confirm the date of the Ynys Môn by-election, which is expected to be on August 1. Until then Labour will have a majority of one over all other parties in the Senedd.

Ieuan Wyn Jones 'to stand down immediately'

Ieuan Wyn Jones said he 'felt an early by-election would be preferable' Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Ieuan Wyn Jones has announced he will stand down from the Assembly with immediate effect, triggering a by-election for the Ynys Môn seat.

The former Plaid Cymru leader said he 'felt an early by-election would be preferable' in order for a new Assembly Member to be elected before the start of the new term in September.

On Tuesday, Mr Wyn Jones announced his intention to stand down in order to take on the challenge of leading the new Menai Science Park.

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Ieuan Wyn Jones: 'no rush' to call Ynys Mon by-election

"I'll actually be starting in the job in July, and then I'll be discussing with the party locally the precise that at which I'll be standing down from the Assembly" Ieuan Wyn Jones tells ITV News.

"That is something which we're currently in no rush to do because there's just been a local government election and people are exhausted after that."

Lib Dem leader's tribute to Ieuan Wyn Jones

Kirsty Williams, the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has paid tribute to Plaid Cymru's Ieuan Wyn Jones who's announced he's stepping down from the Assembly.

On personal level Ieuan never showed me anything but the utmost kindness and courtesy...Undoubtedly the referendum for further powers was greatly assisted by his contribution. I wish him well as he leaves this chamber.

Legacy is secure but not seat

by Adrian Masters

The departure of Ieuan Wyn Jones from the Assembly marks the end of a lengthy political career that often defied expectations. Despite a challenge which curtailed his leadership in 2003, he went on to regain overall control of Plaid Cymru and took the party into government with Labour in 2007.

Most agree that that first taste of government for Plaid and the achievement of a referendum which gave the Assembly lawmaking powers will form Ieuan Wyn Jones' legacy. He didn't have the charisma of leaders like Gwynfor Evans, Dafydd Elis-Thomas and Dafydd Wigley but he took his party into power.

A party strategist since he led Plaid Cymru's internal inquiry into the setbacks of 1979, Ieuan Wyn Jones emerged to snatch Ynys Mon at the 1987 General Election. Plaid lost the Westminster seat when he stood down from Parliament. Now it must defend the Assembly seat without him.

Opposition leader's praise for Ieuan Wyn Jones

Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies has joined tributes to the former leader of Plaid Cymru, Ieuan Wyn Jones, who's announced he'll be stepping down from the Assembly.

Ieuan has always been an effective Assembly Member and I applaud his many years of public service.

His time in Welsh politics has been unique. While serving as both a Member of Parliament and Member of the National Assembly, he has also taken his Party into government and served as Deputy First Minister.

It is fitting that this experience will be put to excellent use at the Menai Science Park.

While Ieuan and I may hold different opinions politically, I wish him well in his important endeavours to increase opportunities for the people of North Wales

– Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Opposition
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